Health Newsbrief
February 14, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 6
ISSN 1530-3616
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GENOME ANALYSIS SHOWS HUMANS SURVIVE ON LOW
NUMBER OF GENES
Last year, two teams of researchers electrified the scientific
world with news that they had sequenced the human genome. Now
both teams have published papers interpreting their findings. One
big surprise: humans have only about 30,000 genes, just over
twice as many as the fruit fly. Eventually, sequencing of the
human genome is expected to revolutionize medicine by helping
scientists see how diseases develop and allowing them to develop
better tests and treatments.
Source: New York Times - Feb. 11, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/02/11/health/11GENO.html


GENOME MAP COULD CHANGE MENTAL CARE
The mapping of the human genome is expected to dramatically
improve care of people who are mentally ill or addicted,
according to researchers. Eventually, drug companies may develop
individually-tailored medications aimed at a specific person's
genetic makeup.
Source: Associated Press - Feb. 10, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010210/hl/
genome_addiction_2.html



OBESITY ON THE RISE AMONG INFANTS AND TODDLERS
A study of British children has found a massive increase in the
number of overweight and obese infants and toddlers between 1989
and 1998. Heavy children are far more likely than children of
normal weight to grow up into overweight adults. Writing in the
British Medical Journal, the researchers said their findings
indicate that even young children need to be physically active
and to eat healthy diets.
Source: Reuters Health - Feb. 9, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010209/hl/obesity_5.html
British Medical Journal study:
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7282/326
British Medical Journal editorial:
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7282/313


REPORT CITES SEAFOOD SAFETY LAPSES
Before you chomp into that tuna steak you may want to read a
report by the U.S. General Accounting Office, the investigative
arm of Congress. A majority of U.S. seafood firms don't follow
safety standards established by the Food and Drug Administration,
according to the report, and the agency moves slowly when it
finds violations. Congressional hearings about seafood safety are
expected this spring.
Source: Associated Press - Feb. 13, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010213/hl/
seafood_safety_1.html

GAO report: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d01204.pdf


WOMAN WINS $13.3 MILLION AGAINST DIETARY COMPANY
An Alaska woman who suffered a debilitating stroke after taking a
weight-loss supplement containing ephedrine has been awarded
$13.3 million by a jury. Dozens of other suits against
manufacturers of products containing ephedra and ephedrine have
been settled in recent years, and dozens more are pending.
Source: Washington Post - Feb. 8, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40923-2001Feb7.html


5 DRUG MAKERS USE MATERIAL WITH POSSIBLE
MAD COW LINK
For years, some of the largest drug manufacturers in the world
have been using materials from cattle from countries where mad
cow disease exists. The materials are used in vaccines, including
some given to children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
asked manufacturers not to use the cattle materials in 1993, but
only figured out recently that its request was being ignored.
Source: New York Times - Feb. 8, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/02/08/health/08COW.html


POWER BARS OFFER MORE HYPE THAN NUTRITION
The next time you're tempted to grab a performance bar at your
grocery store or gym, keep in mind that in most cases two slices
of Wonder bread and a vitamin will give you the same nutrients.
And they'll cost you a lot less.
Source: Kiplinger's Magazine - March 2001
http://www.kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/2001/March/spending/
pwr-bars.html



MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP: AMERICA IS BECOMING A
CULTURE OF SLEEPLESSNESS
You exercise regularly and eat a sensible diet. Good for you. But
did you know that how much sleep you get can be just as important
to your overall health as your exercise and diet habits?
Source: American Medical News - Feb. 19, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/hlsa0219.htm


ALZHEIMER RATES LOWER IN AFRICANS THAN
AMERICANS
A new study raises the possibility that environmental or cultural
factors may strongly influence susceptibility to Alzheimer's
disease. The study, which compared Alzheimer's rates of African
Americans with those of people living in Nigeria, was published
in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Source: Reuters Health - Feb. 13, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010213/hl/alzheimer_1.html


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